The truth is I found these wonderful chocolate sea shells online and well you know…. needed to make something so I could use them. For the most part that is how I get most of my ideas, sort’a backwards. The bucket has layers of vanilla and chocolate cake pieces, brownie chunks, buttercream frosting, and cinnamon crumb cake for sand. Oh wait and the chocolate sea shells. I also cheated and used box mixes, so shoot me! If you were going to be serving right away I’d try using whipped cream. It would be cute using mini individual buckets too. I found that using a cinnamon crumb cake for the sand works best.
I’ve always enjoyed the beach having grown up in Southern California. Spent my summers laying in the sun (regret that now) and hanging out. At the time (high school) I felt fat riding the boardwalk in just my bikini. Now when I look back at the photos I was as skinny as a toothpick. What was I so insecure about…….. I’ll never ever again get myself into a bikini Ah the good old days…… never mind just give me another piece of cake
Start by baking 3 box mixes. One being a cinnamon crumb cake the others can be whatever flavor you’d like. The brownie chunks were just leftovers from baking the day before, so it can be an optional thing. Let all cakes cool completely!
Next crumble up the crumb cake in a bowl and set aside.
Then cut the remaining cakes into roughly 2 ” squares.
Start by layer in the bucket with one flavor and don’t forget to wash and dry the bucket first. Press down firmly the first layer.
Next add a thin layer of buttercream frosting.
Then add another layer of cake. And repeat several times.
Halfway through add some brownie chunks.
Continue layering until you reach the top. End with a layer of frosting.
Make a final crumb coat with the frosting and then press on the top cinnamon cake crumbs.
Top with chocolate sea shells and bam you are done!
I found a great place to get the chocolate sea shell nuts.com. They have a rich flavor and I probably ate half the bag before I even started the cake. Seems to be a reaccuring theme with me.
Have fun with this one.